Main Street Memo: Wall Tie vs. Anchor Strap

This firefighter training bulletin focuses on differentiating two building construction elements: wall ties and anchor straps.
Anchor ties and wall straps

By Joe Pronesti, Chris Tobin, and Alexis Shady

Download another training bulletin on facets of building construction that should be of interest to firefighters. This edition focuses on differentiating two methods of strengthening and stabilizing the walls of a structure: wall ties and anchor straps.

Can your firefighters identify and explain the difference between these elements? Use this PDF as a quick refresher or training drill for your company.

Download the bulletin as a PDF here.


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JOSEPH PRONESTI is a 31-year veteran of the Elyria (OH) Fire Department, where he is a shift commander. He is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Executive Officer program and a lead instructor at the Cuyahoga (OH) County Community College Fire Academy. He is a contributor to fire service publications and sites, including Fire Engineering,, and

CHRISTOPHER TOBIN is a firefighter assigned to St. Louis (MO) Fire Department Rescue 2.

ALEXIS SHADY is a firefighter/paramedic with the Richmond Heights (MO) Fire Department.


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